REVIEW – THE CONTROVERSIAL PRINCESS (Smoke & Mirrors, #1) by Jodi Ellen Malpas


Her father is The King of England.

She is The Controversial Princess.

Regarded as down to earth by the press and rebellious by The King, Princess Adeline refuses to bow to the royal expectations her title carries. She knows better than anyone that the united front of the royal family is nothing but smoke and mirrors – lies and secrets masked by power and privilege. She wants no part of it, and she will never surrender to The King’s demand to marry a man she does not love. But despite Adeline’s determination to retain her free will, she remains deeply unfulfilled, feeling caged and suffocated.

That is until she meets Josh Jameson. Drawn in by his confidence, Adeline is soon captivated by the scandalously sexy American actor. His ability to penetrate her defences overwhelms her – his touch is pure fire, and his allure overpowering. Nothing has ever made her feel so alive in a world where she’s otherwise slowly drowning. However, while Josh may be Hollywood royalty, he’s not actual royalty, and Adeline knows The King and his advisors will do everything in their power to keep them apart.

But Josh Jameson becomes the princess’s ultimate vice.

And although she bows to no one, she bows to him.

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FOUR STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I’m hauled closer to him, my legs curling around his waist, my hold of him solid as our tongues dance, swirl, and plunge over and over. He tastes divine, feels divine. He is my heaven.



Get ready to go on a thoroughly scandalous and steamy journey with England’s most beloved and rebellious Royals…Princess Adeline Lockhart. She has got to be one of Jodi Ellen Malpas’s most strong-willed and bad ass Heroines! There hasn’t been a man yet who has managed to tame her, including her father, King Alfred of England. Fans of this amazing author are in for loads of her signature angst and fever-inducing steam. Not to mention another sinfully gorgeous, domineering alpha who is sure to get your hearts racing!

Princess Adeline is turning 30 and her father, the King, is demanding that she marry a man that he has deemed suitable for his daughter. The problem is, Adeline wants no part of this marriage. She refuses to marry a man she is not in love with and she’s not afraid to stand up to her father. She’s definitely one of her father’s biggest headaches’! Adeline jumps from one man to another. Never attempting to have a serious relationship because she knows anyone who is not considered an appropriate suitor will be chased off by the King and his minions. No man has ever been able to make her pulse race or to lose her composure until she meets Josh Jameson, Hollywood’s biggest and Oscar-winning actor. From the moment they meet there is no denying the out of this world attraction between them.



They waste no time in becoming intimate with each other. I have to admit I was shocked that a proper Princess would let an almost complete stranger debase her so quickly. Josh likes to dominate and Adeline is all too easily submitting to his will. This does end up freaking her out and she pushes Josh away to try and hold on to some form of control but after just a taste there is no way Josh is giving up on Adeline. Forbidden fruit is always the most tempting.

Adeline struggles with her overwhelming desire for Josh. He’s the first man who has sparked so many intense feelings inside of her and it scares her. She’s never allowed herself to get close to any man because she knows her father will ensure they disappear from her life. Not only is she afraid of losing Josh, she knows he’s only in England for a short time and is convinced that he sees her as another notch on his bedpost. But Josh truly seems to be a man with an out of control addiction when it comes to Adeline. He’s hooked and he will do whatever it takes to spend time with the beautiful Princess.



King Alfred always has eyes on his daughter. She’s never been able to keep secrets from him for too long. Will the two lovers be able to keep their romance from the King? Does Josh have genuine feelings for Adeline and if so, is there any possible way they can have more than a few stolen moments when their relationship would surely be condemned by the King?

Here are my overall ratings

Hero: 4
Heroine: 4
Plot: 4
Angst: 4
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

THE CONTROVERSIAL PRINCESS is currently available.

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